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NYT Approved

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Vegetation may die in December but best-of lists sprout like weeds. This episode, the boys examine four selections on the venerable New York Times' best-of list of 2018 jazz releases, and (by their cranky standards, at least) like what they find. Except for a certain passage of spoken-word optimism. Bastards can't abide optimism. The music ranges ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

2019 Winter JazzFest: The Out of Towners

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Read Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide while listening to this program.

New York may have the highest density of daily jazz performances in the world, but they mostly feature the countless, and very busy, musicians that belong to the local scene. The Winter JazzFest has traditionally offered a very welcome opportunity to ...

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Best of 2018: Il Mixtape

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Il 2018 è stato un altro anno di grande rilievo per la musica che amiamo. Abbiamo chiesto ai nostri redattori di condividire le loro preferenze. Ecco che cosa ne è venuto fuori.

Buon ascolto, con l'augurio che il 2019 ci porti almeno altrettanta musica di alto livello!

Michael Leonhart “Music ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

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With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il meglio del 2018 secondo Vincenzo Roggero

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Anche quest'anno tanti gli ascolti, tante le proposte interessanti, e come al solito, difficile sintetizzare il meglio in dodici dischi. Non necessariamente i migliori ma quelli che, in un modo o nell'altro, hanno lasciato un segno. In testa una conferma, Steve Coleman, eh sì ancora lui, per il disco certo, ma anche per i meravigliosi concerti ...

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Makaya McCraven's Universe

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Drummer Makaya McCraven's new double album Universal Beings mixes the artistry and experimentation of jazz with the irresistible dance beats of hip-hop. It also brings together a dream team of collaborators from London, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Brandee Younger and Jeff Parker. This episode of Mondo Jazz celebrates Makaya ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Makaya McCraven: Where We Come From (Chicago X London)

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A summit meeting starring luminaries from two of the planet's bleeding-edge jazz scenes--London and Chicago--Where We Come From was recorded at London's Total Refreshment Centre in late 2017 and was first released as a mixtape and a download. It pitches Chicago drummer Makaya McCraven alongside four leading faces on the young London scene--tuba player Theon Cross, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Attarian's Dozen: The Twelve Best Recordings from 2018

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The year 2018 was, musically speaking, a good year. The label Pi Recordings did it again with six magnificent albums, three of which made it in my top twelve. In addition, two feminist themed gems are included as well as four by master pianists. An intimate and adventurous duet, a meeting of great minds and a ...

Otis Sandsjö

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1. Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (Atlantic, 1972)

Listening to Aretha coming home makes you feel like coming home. R.I.P.

2. Skúli Sverrisson, Óskar Gudjónsson, The Box Tree (Mengi, 2012).

This album was on repeat around the time of my daughter's birth a few months back. It says it all. A ...

Otis Sandsjo

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1. Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (Atlantic, 1972).
Ascoltare Aretha ti fa sentire a casa. R.I.P.

2. Skúli Sverrisson, Óskar Gudjónsson, The Box Tree (Mengi, 2012).
Perennemente sul tasto repeat durante la nascita di mia figlia qualche mese fa. Un suono di sax proveniente da un altro pianeta.

4. ...